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Meet the Amelie Music Man
November 18, 2009    wersja polska »
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Yann Tiersen's father gave him his first piano lessons when he was six. He later studied the violin and went to a conservatory, where conducting was among his subjects. However, he began his professional musical career playing keyboards in the punk band Wart. French musician and composer Tiersen is appearing at Warsaw's Stodoła Club Nov. 30.

Only 1,000 copies of Tiersen's first two albums, La Valse des Monstres (1995) and Rue des Cascades (1996), were released. Tiersen remained an unknown on the French music scene until his third album Le Phare (1998), which contained the hit "Monochrome."

Tiersen has been involved in composing film scores ever since he began his career. He began writing music for short films and theater pieces after moving to Paris from Rennes in 1992.

His soundtrack to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amelie (2001) brought him international acclaim. The score included new works written especially for the film as well as compositions from his previous albums.

Amelie was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Foreign Language Film categories at the 2002 Academy Awards. Tiersen received several major awards for the soundtrack-including the French Cesar-and the music from Amelie has become indelibly associated with the French quarter of Montmartre in the minds of millions of viewers from all over the world.

Tiersen's most recent album, Les Retrouvailles, came out in 2005. The artist's upcoming November concert will be his second trip to Warsaw this year after his September appearance with the band Orka at the Progresja club.

Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Stodoła Club 10 Batorego St., Warsaw
Tickets: zl.75 (advance); zl.85 (door)
The Stodoła Club booking office is open
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Fri and 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Sat.
Tickets also available online at www.eventim.pl, www.ticketonline.pl and www.ticketpro.pl
For more information, go to www.stodola.pl
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